Calls for a £600m road bridge across the Thames in east London have set the stage for a new battle between environmental groups, politicians and business leaders.
The proposal for a bridge linking Beckton and Thamesmead has come from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. But it was immediately condemned by Friends of the Earth as a "relic from the past".
An earlier plan for a crossing known as the Thames Gateway Bridge was axed in 2008 after fierce opposition from conservationists and local pressure groups
The chamber of commerce claims the new crossing will be "bike friendly" with segregated cycle lanes
Motorists could be forced to pay a toll
Labour welcomed the proposal saying the economic regeneration of east London is being damaged by poor river crossings.
Current plans for additional crossings east of Tower Bridge include a tunnel at Silvertown and a possible replacement for the Woolwich Ferry.
Transport for London said a new public consultation on additional crossings beginning next week would be the "perfect opportunity" for the LCCI to submit its bridge proposal.